Fable for Blackboard

By George Starbuck 1931–1996 George Starbuck
Here is the grackle, people.
Here is the fox, folks.
The grackle sits in the bracken. The fox   
   hopes.

Here are the fronds, friends,
that cover the fox.
The fronds get in a frenzy. The grackle   
   looks.

Here are the ticks, tykes,   
that live in the leaves, loves.   
The fox is confounded,
and God is above.

George Starbuck, “Fable for Blackboard” from Bone Thoughts. Copyright © 1960 by George Starbuck. Reprinted with the permission of Yale University Press.

Source: The Works: Poems Selected from Five Decades (The University of Alabama Press, 2003)

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Poet George Starbuck 1931–1996

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

Subjects Activities, Animals, School & Learning, Nature

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George Starbuck's songs of protest are usually concerned with love, war, and the spiritual temper of the times. John Holmes believes that "there hasn't been as much word excitement . . . for years," as one finds in Bone Thoughts. Harvey Shapiro points out that Starbuck's work is attractive because of its "witty, improvisational surface, slangy and familiar address, brilliant aural quality . . .," and adds that Starbuck may . . .

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SUBJECT Activities, Animals, School & Learning, Nature

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

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